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Information and advice to promote the importance of good health and safety on-farm.

On-farm Health and Safety must become a priority issue for the agriculture industry in Wales.

First Aid app

St John Cymru Wales has developed a bilingual First Aid mobile phone app, which can be downloaded for free. It is targeted at agriculture workers, and could be a valuable tool to help farmers deal with on-farm accidents, reducing the 40 - 50 deaths that occur on farms in the UK every year. To download the app, visit St John Cymru Wales.

On-farm Health and Safety Charter

The On-farm Health and Safety Charter for Wales was launched by the Deputy Minister for Agriculture on 25 January 2012. This is a joint initiative by:

  • Animal and Plant Health Agency (APHA)
  • CLA Cymru
  • The Farming Community Network
  • Farmers' Union Wales (FUW)
  • Hybu Cig Cymru
  • Lantra
  • National Farmers' Union (NFU) Cymru
  • Natural Resources Wales
  • NFU Mutual
  • Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution (RABI) Cymru
  • Royal Welsh Agricultural Society
  • St John Wales
  • Welsh Government
  • Young Farmers' Clubs (YFC) Wales.

In signing the Charter, the organisations involved have agreed to work collaboratively to:

  • encourage farmers to stop and think before taking unnecessary risks
  • promote the importance of good health and safety on-farm.

Health and Safety has to be a major concern for farmers. Many of the deaths and serious injuries that occur on Welsh farms every year bring personal tragedy for the families and friends involved. They also have a huge impact on the future viability of the farm business.

Many of the organisations involved have been involved in helping farmers with health and safety over many years. For the very first time however, this initiative brings together key organisations to deliver in a more joined-up and, ultimately, more successful manner.

Organisations' adopting a joined-up approach, focusing on specific issues for specified periods and delivering consistent messages is considered to be a considerably more effective means of reaching the desired outcome; that outcome being, far fewer deaths and injuries on farms in Wales.

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